27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
JUST BE THERE
director: Caspar Pfaundler
original title: JUST BE THERE
running time: 93 min.
synopsisTaiwan and Austria, two countries on two different continents, two cultures. Two dance ensembles separated by many differences and yet their members speak the same language. The director spent two years with his camera, attending dance rehearsals of the Vienna State Ballet and the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre from Taiwan. He has captured how small gestures, steps and figures create a performance that we will not see in the end and his film shows more than just the final work. We can see a living matter that is being squeezed and shaped into an ideal form under the guidance of a choreographer. Art is like life and life is like art.
„Rehearsals are always a breathtaking work. No interviews, no commentary and no subtitles – the body language says enough.“
biographyCaspar Pfaundler (* 1959) is an Austrian filmmaker who lives and works in Taiwan. He studied theatre studies and art history in Vienna. He has made three documentaries and two feature films. His debut feature Lost and Found (2001) was screened at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the section Another View.
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|cast:||Nina Poláková, Cheng Tsung-lung, Manuel Legris, Patrick de Bana|
|music:||Philip Glass, Sigur Rós, Dona Rosa, Liang Chun-mei, Lim Giong, John Tavener|
|sound design:||Axel Rab|